Whether you're throwing a Super Bowl party or just looking for something other than beer to sip on Sunday, try one of these cocktail recipes that are easy, crowd friendly and will have your taste buds yelling "touchdown."
Moscow Mule: This three-ingredient vodka cocktail is crisp, refreshing and looks great when served in a copper mug. Recipe courtesy of Epicurious.
- 1/2 of a lime
- 2 oz. of vodka
- 4 to 6 oz. of chilled ginger beer
Squeeze and drop half of a lime into a Collins glass or copper mug. Fill glass with ice and add vodka. Top with chilled ginger beer to taste and serve with a stirring rod, if you have one. Na zdorovie!
The Best Frozen Lime Margarita: This margarita mixture will taste perfect if made ahead of Super Bowl Sunday. It can be made up to one week in advance and is best when chilled for at least 8 hours before blending with ice. Recipe courtesy of Serious Eats.
- 4 oz. of silver tequila (100 percent agave)
- 2 oz. of high quality Triple Sec or Cointreau
- 2.5 oz. of juice from 4 or 5 fresh limes
- 4 oz. of simple syrup
- 12 oz. (about 3 cubs) of ice
Combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice and simple syrup in sealable container that will fit in your freezer. Seal and place in freezer for at least 8 hours before serving and up to one week (mixture will remain completely liquid). When ready to serve, add ice and tequila mixture to blender. Blend on highest setting, pulsing and scraping down sides as necessary until completely smooth. Serve immediately. Salud!
Lagerita: Can't decide on a light beer or a classic margarita? Then why not drink both? This margarita-beer cocktail from all-star bartender Simon Ford is the best of both worlds. Recipe courtesy of Liquor.com.
- Salt (optional)
- 2 oz. of tequila
- 0.75 oz. of Cointreau
- 1 oz. of fresh lime juice
- 4 oz. of Modelo Especial Beer or another light Mexican beer
Coat the rim of a highball glass with salt, fill with ice and set aside. Add the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice to a shaker and fill with fresh ice. Shake, and strain into the prepared glass. Top with the beer and garnish with a lime wheel. Drink up!
Black Velvet: This Guinness-Champagne concoction from top mixologist Jim Meehan is super-simple and super-decadent. Recipe courtesy of Liquor.com.
- Guinness Beer
- Champagne (or Prosecco)
Fill a highball glass halfway with beer. Pouring over a spoon into the glass, fill to the top with Champagne. Cheers!
Super Bowl Punch: This easy, crowd-pleasing punch is a mixture of vodka, beer, limeade and club soda. Recipe courtesy of Patrick and Gina Neely via Food Network.
- 1 liter vodka
- 3 (12-oz.) bottles beer (recommended: Corona)
- 3 (6-oz.) containers frozen limeade, thawed
- 3 (1-liter) bottles club soda
- 3 limes, sliced into wheels
- Ice, for serving
- Lime wedges, for garnish
Add the vodka, beer, limeade, and club soda to a large serving container and mix well. Add lime wheels and pour into tall tumblers filled with ice. Garnish each glass with a lime wedge and serve.
The Ultimate Fully-Loaded Bloody Mary: The ingredient list may be long, but the directions are simple and the results are extraordinary. Don't bother buying top-shelf vodka for this cocktail recipe. Spend the money on high-quality tomato juice, since that's the most important component of a Bloody Mary. Recipe courtesy of Serious Eats.
- 1 tablespoon of celery salt or (or plain kosher salt)
- 1/4 of a lemon, cut into two wedges
- 1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon of soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper (or less to taste)
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon of hot sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated horseradish (or 1 teaspoon of prepared horseradish)
- 2 oz. of vodka
- 4 oz. of high-quality tomato juice (not from concentrate)
- 1 stick of celery
Place celery salt in a shallow saucer. Rub rim of 12-ounce tumbler with one lemon wedge and coat wet edge with celery salt. Place lemon wedge on rim of glass. Fill glass with ice. Add Worcestershire, soy, black pepper, cayenne pepper, hot sauce and horseradish to bottom of cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and add vodka, tomato juice, and juice of remaining lemon wedge. Shake vigorously, taste for seasoning and heat, and adjust as necessary. Strain into ice-filled glass. Garnish with celery stalk and serve immediately.